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April 29--  Savannah Luggage Works in Vidalia hopes to hire 350 workers in the next few days.

Company President Allen Rice says a new contract to manufacture body armor vests for the Department of Defense has been received.

"For us, the bottom line is that starting this Monday and through the end of the year we expect to run a full complement of people out here for the vests," he says.

The initial order is for 60,000 vests with future orders expected for three times that many, according to Rice.

"Our business is back and we're going to be going full blast.  Those who were working with us we are asking to come back and for those that don't, we'll be hiring new people to take their places," Rice reports.

Although Savannah Luggage Works is heavy into cutting and sewing, the company has many other support jobs available.  Rice says the company pays a competitive wage and provides numerous benefits including health insurance, vacation, retirement and others.

Applicants should visit the company located four miles north of Vidalia on Highway 297.